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Kentucky Derby Party

Throw A Kentucky Derby Party!

The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first weekend of May and what better way to celebrate than to throw a party for some of your closest friends?

We’ve gathered together some great ideas on how you can create a memorable day!

Set the tone by creating some colourful drink stirrers for your equally inspired cocktails. A combination of ribbon adornment and paper flowers on striped drink straws makes quite a statement.

Colourful Kentucky Derby hat styled drink stirrers made with ribbon and paper flowers
Derby Hat Drink Stirrers

Photo via Pizzazzerie

Not only are mint juleps a great cocktail of choice, you could introduce bourbon based cocktails or even bourbon tasting sessions for your guests.  You can check out Southern Living’s list of bourbon cocktails here.

Mint Juleps served in silver julep cups on a silver platter
Mint Juleps Served in Silver Julep Cups

Photo via Domino

How many of you have old trophies lying around your house? Use them to hold simple floral arrangements for your Kentucky Derby themed party or find them on Craig’s List or Kijiji (in Canada) for a fraction of the cost of new.

Two engraved silver trophy cups holding white and pink flowers
Trophy cup vases holding flowers

Photo via Erica ann Photography

Sometimes the best decor comes in the form of your guest’s clothing or attire. Make sure you keep this in mind when creating invitations. The more your guests get involved, the more fun they’ll have. Case in point – this betting station.

A man in colourful suspenders manning a mason jar betting station
Kentucky Derby Betting Station

Photo via Instagram

What would a Kentucky Derby party be without pecan pie in one form or another? These Kentucky Derby Pie Bars chock full of chocolate, pecans and other gooey goodness are perfectly mouth-watering.

Scrumptious looking Kentucky Derby Pie Bars filled with pecans, chocolate and other gooey goodness.
Kentucky Derby Pie Bars

Photo via Southern Lady Magazine

Gorgeous hats play a significant role in all Derby based events. Encourage your guests to join in the spirit of the day by offering prizes for the best outfits or hats.

A lace covered hat with a beautiful silk rose for a Kentucky Derby themed party
Kentucky Derby Hat

Photo via My Kentucky Living

Make your own Kentucky Derby rosettes using ribbon from Ribbon Canada’s diverse selection of colours and styles.

A colourful selection of DIY Kentucky Derby Rosettes
Kentucky Derby Rosettes

Image and Tutorial via Style Me Pretty

If you plan a party in honour of one of the most famous horse races of all time, let us know how you created a memorable event for your guests!